Selecting the Right Cording Foot

Item # X-HT-300136

Are you looking to make your own piping, but aren’t sure if the piping cord and your sewing machine foot are compatible? Selecting a cording foot and accompanying piping is not an exact science, but there are a few general principles that will help get you close. At the end of this article, we’ll share our personal recommendations for which feet work best with each piping cord we offer.

Sewing piping on the Fabricator sewing machine

General Guidelines

In general, we recommend using the same size cording foot as the piping you’re hoping to sew. This works for most firm piping cords. However, if you’re going to be using a soft piping cord like our Polyester Braided Piping (#106716), then we recommend sizing up a foot. These softer cords can get crushed by the foot, which causes your sewing to wander. A larger foot will prevent this.

For the Fabricator® Sewing Machine, we offer cording feet in three sizes: 1/8, 1/4 and 3/16 inch. The Ultrafeed® and Leatherwork® Sewing Machines feature piping tunnels built into their standard presser feet. The Ultrafeed LS model, as well as the Leatherwork machine, features a 1/4-inch piping tunnel, while the LSZ model features only a 5/32-inch piping tunnel. To sew larger piping with the Ultrafeed LSZ, you can upgrade to the Cording Foot Set for Larger Welting (#104854), which works for piping up to 1/4 inch.

We also carry extra-large welting cords that are 1/2 inch to 1 inch in diameter. Since there aren’t cording feet large enough to feed these cords through the foot, we recommend using a roping zipper foot. This foot will let you sew close to the piping for a tight fit of the fabric around your cord.

The built-in cording foot in the standard presser foot on the Ultrafeed LS

Our Recommendations

To make the decision a little easier for the piping cord that we carry here at Sailrite®, we tested each one and put together this quick reference recommendation chart of our results.

Cording Foot Recommendations

Part Number Name Recommended Foot
#106716 Polyester Braided Piping 9/32" 1/4" Cording Foot
#122483 Medium 1/4" Welting Cord 1/4" Cording Foot or Zipper Foot
#106730 Polyester Braided Piping 3/16" 1/4" Cording Foot
#122483 Medium 1/4" Welting Cord 1/4" Cording Foot
#122444 Medium 5/32" Welting Cord 3/16" Cording Foot
#105599 Foam Piping/Welting Cord 5/32" 3/16" or 1/4" Cording Foot
Various Prefabricated Vinyl Welting 1/4" Cording Foot
#122456 Medium 1/2" Welting Cord Zipper Foot

You can learn more about all the different piping options we offer at Sailrite in our guide, “Selecting the Perfect Piping” (#300028XHT).